The two teams we thought would win totally did on an easy Tuesday night, giving us a sweet 2-0 record (346-177 on the year) and sending us into a jammed up Wednesday night feeling unbeatable. That’s not the whole truth. We’ve been crushed on Wednesday’s before, but we still feel like we have a strong hold on our NBA picks and that you should lend an ear to our breakdown for tonight if you want to win some cash via NBA betting.
Let’s take a quick look at each contest and see who the best pick is for games on 1/21/2015:
Jazz @ Cavaliers
Utah seems to always play LeBron James well but the Cavs seem like a new team and host Gordon Hayward and co. riding three straight wins. The Jazz have lost six of their last 10 and are an abysmal 7-15 on the road, so they’re not the best upset pick tonight.
Pick: Cavs 106, Jazz 101
Magic @ Pistons
Detroit continues their climb up toward the final playoff spot in the East, as they’ll host the Magic after winning seven of their last 10. Orlando has been in a free fall, going just 2-8 over their last 10 and could again be without Tobias Harris.
Pick: Pistons 101, Magic 98
Mavericks @ Timberwolves
Minnesota has been mostly dreadful all year long and while they can score, they probably don’t stand much of a chance when the Mavericks come into town. Dallas is now on pace to steal first in the Southwest division and they’re not about to lose that with a loss in Minnesota.
Pick: Mavs 107, T’Wolves 103
Trail Blazers @ Suns
LaMarcus Aldridge is out and Portland isn’t quite as formidable on the road as they are at home, plus the Suns can run wild offensively. Portland can definitely still win tonight, but the odds favor the Suns in Phoenix.
Pick: Suns 107, Blazers 104
Knicks @ 76ers
Two terrible teams duke it out in Philadelphia tonight, making this a true toss up. These teams have just 14 wins between them and are playing for the bottom of the East’s Atlantic division. New York does have Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire back, so call us crazy, but we’ll take the Knicks to win two in a row. Oh, the horror.
Pick: Knicks 104, 76ers 102
Heat @ Hornets
Two slow-paced offenses wage war in Charlotte, with Al Jefferson playing off the bench and Kemba Walker possibly still out. The Heat are healthier at the moment, but the Hornets have been very solid over their last 10 games (7-3) and are at home. The Heat could be tired on the second of a back to back, too.
Pick: Hornets 91, Heat 86
Pacers @ Hawks
The Hawks are not a team to bet against right now as they carry a 13-game winning streak into a home game against a shaky Pacers club. It’ll be nice to pick that upset correctly when the streak finally snaps, but it’s not likely to be tonight.
Pick: Hawks 109, Pacers 101
Lakers @ Pelicans
Kobe Bryant and Anthony Davis both hope to return to their respective starting lineups tonight, which could help make this a watchable game. It shouldn’t be in doubt if The Brow suits up, though, as he’d give the Pellies a serious edge at home.
Pick: Pelicans 106, Lakers 99
Thunder @ Wizards
Kevin Durant returns to his home area to take on the Wiz, as both of these teams have small winning streaks going. OKC is back to playing sound basketball, but Washington’s stout 18-5 home record should scare off the upset picks.
Pick: Wiz 103, Thunder 102
Raptors @ Grizzlies
Toronto is trying to get back into form defensively with DeMar DeRozan healthy, but Memphis remains a stout defensive team and a handful at home. This should be a close game, but the Grizzlies have to be favored via the matchup and home court advantage.
Pick: Grizz 105, Raptors 102
Nets @ Kings
DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay have both been banged up, but both played in their last game and should be healthy when the Nets visit Sac-town on Wednesday. That should give the Kings a shot at snapping a four-game skid against a Nets team that has dropped eight of their last 10 and will be without Deron Williams.
Pick: Kings 109, Nets 106
Rockets @ Warriors
Possibly the game of the night caps Wednesday’s NBA action, when James Harden and the Rockets head into Golden State. Dwight Howard could be iffy for this one (knee), while Houston has lost all three games versus the Warriors this year. The games haven’t been all that close and Golden State has one loss at home all year, so a Warriors sweep is looking likely.
Pick: Warriors 107, Rockets 104